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Costs associated with COPD on the rise, report says


GLENVIEW, Ill. – Medical costs related to COPD will rise from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2020, the American College of Chest Physicians estimates in a new report.

Big belly? You’re at increased risk of developing COPD, study says


YARMOUTH, Maine – Obesity, especially excessive belly fat, is a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), according to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

In brief: Lawmakers introduce bid bill, SBA hosts stakeholders at hearing


WASHINGTON – Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and John Larson, D-Conn., have introduced a bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds as part of future rounds of competitive bidding. H.R.

More education, communication needed between patients, physicians


WASHINGTON – More than half of COPD patients don’t fully understand their disease or how to manage it, according to a new survey from the COPD Foundation.

In brief: GAO rejects protest, Hoveround lays off 20


NEW YORK – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied Rotech’s protest that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unreasonably ignored recent, relevant information when it decided Rotech wasn’t financially fit to win contracts to supply veterans with home oxygen equipment, Law360 reports.

New device alleviates COPD symptoms


LONDON – Researchers at London’s Western University have tested the Aerobika Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy System and say it improves COPD therapy, reducing breathlessness in patients, product developers say.

COPD mortality tied to poverty, study says


LONDON – Mortality rates among COPD patients in low-income countries are linked more to poverty than the prevalence of smoking, according to a new international study published in Thorax.

In brief: CMS puts finger on fraud, DME MACs remind docs about PECOS


WASHINGTON – Industry watchers expect CMS to select a contractor early next year to administer a new fingerprinting provision aimed at curbing fraud and abuse.

Study ties COPD, cognitive impairment


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Patients with COPD are almost twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), including memory loss, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

In brief: Stakeholders keep eye on doc fix, CMS issues refunds


WASHINGTON – As this year’s congressional session winds down, HME stakeholders are eyeing the “doc-fix” bill as the best vehicle for H.R. 1717.